year, around the beginning of the school year, there
comes a week that is coveted by college students. It encompasses everything
from parades and concerts, to football games and free food. What is this
revered and honored festival you ask? It’s Homecoming Week! Time to take out
those party pants and brush up on the lyrics to the school song. With the
variety of goings-on, what is a girl to wear? Well ladies, here is your style
guide for Homecoming weekend 2012.
live in Minnesota, and chances are that the rest of the week will be unbearably
cold. For this year’s events, I would suggest breaking out those long underwear
and packing on the layers. As there are usually a multitude of maroon and gold
beads strewn about, it is easy to show your spirit with ways other that cut-up
football t-shirt that you have donned for the past three football games. Pull
out your warmest sweatshirt (preferably maroon and gold), grab your Golden
Gopher blanket and get ready to show your school spirit!
Hey Twin Cities fashionistas! Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not have a Girls Fashion Night Out on the Town! We've scoped out two great shows going on this Saturday, April 14th.
Over on the University of Minnesota campus, Scrubbed Into Fashion: Africa is happening at 7:30. This creative competition invites designers to create African inspired garments completely out of medical scrubs and proceeds help benefit Smile Network International, which funds surgical missions to children in need! So get glammed up for a good cause! Tickets are only $10-25! For more info check out the Facebook event page here: Scrubbed Into Fashion: Africa
Also happening in Minneapolis is Envision: Artopia! This year marks the 10th season anniversary of the show and it promises to be a fantastic night. Featuring collections from local designers and boutiques, it's the perfect opportunity to see the latest in Minneapolis fashion. Portions of the proceeds benefit Free Arts Minnesota so have a fun night out with the girls and help support our local art scene! General Admission tickets are only $20! For additional info and tickets, check out the Facebook event page here: Evision: Artopia Spring 2012
This season is saying good bye to the nudes and neutrals on our nails and hello to all sorts of fun spring colors! Be sure to check out all the fun new Essie colors like Navigate Her and Play Date and if you want to glam it up, just add a coat of Essie's Lux Effects to really make it shine!
This week the Israeli Government passed a law requiring that all models must have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 18.5 and be able to show medical proof of their weight. The law also requires advertisements to print disclaimers if the models have been photoshopped in the ad. Under this law, it’s been estimated that about half of all professional Israeli models will have to gain weight in order to continue working.
Israelis are hoping to promote healthier body image by banning underweight models from industry.
Supporters of this new law stress that it was created to promote a healthier body image as 2% of Israeli teenage girls suffer from eating disorders. Yet others feel that the law places the importance on weight rather than health. After all, some girls are naturally skinny and can’t gain the weight, but that doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy. In an interview with BBC News, top model Adi Neumman said she wouldn’t qualify for jobs as she has a BMI of 18.3, yet she eats well and exercises.
So of course the blog sphere is humming with posts about the Academy Awards on Sunday, but who can ignore Award Season?? And while yours truly wasn’t able to watch the red carpet or the awards live because I have bills to pay, the first thing I did when I got home was jump online to check out the highlights and, of course, the best and worst dress list.
One of my favorite news sources is the Huffington Post and Sunday night their giant headlines were all about the Oscars. Yet when I took a look at their best and worst dress list I was surprised at some of their worst picks. Certainly some of the stunning starlets weren’t among the best dressed, but they better deserved a slap on the wrist than a slap in the face.
For instance, Gwyneth Paltrow is usually the darling of the fashion world. Yet this Sunday found her in an unfavorable ranking.
The cape might be a little much, however it’s an elegant and chic silhouette by Tom Ford and the white color draws out the warmth in her skin tone beautifully. Together with the sleek hair-do and minimal adornment, she presented a beautifully simple, modern elegance on the carpet.
The other pick I disagreed with was the lovely Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli.
Looking for mascara that doesn’t clump and actually gives you sky-high lashes like every advertisement claims?Try Clinique’s High Impact Mascara in black for a bold and sexy look.Even though it is a steeper price compared to other mascaras (at about $15), splurge just this once and trust us.You’ll feel guilty-free when you see the results!
Try for yourself this TRAX recommendation and let us know what you think!
Winter got you down? Do you find yourself dreaming of flowers and laying in the grass while the warm sun beats down on you? If you do, then you (like many of us) have hit the winter blues. Its that awkward time of the year where spring is close enough to want it but far enough away that you can't quite feel it. To help with this we prescribe a healthy dose of color to brighten your pre-spring purgatory.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Take those neutrals you have been rocking all winter and start to introduce some pastels or splashes of solids to get that spring feel without freezing in the winter cold.
Two weekends ago on February 4th, TRAX staff member Madeline Riebe ventured to the annual Avoid the Grey fashion show hosted by Uptown’s favorite boutique for young, edgy, and eclectic styles: Cliché.
While the surrounding neighborhood seemed quiet and drab, entering the grand warehouse venue was like walking into a hip, undercover New York club. Upbeat techno music enhanced by a pop harp player boomed throughout the building as an artistic medley of psychedelic video clips projected on the wall. Fashionistas in high heels, LBDs, mink shawls, thick-rimmed glasses, and red lips were everywhere, clutching onto fancy drinks and mingling with Minneapolis’ happening in-crowd while getting their chance in the spotlight as professional photographers shot away.
However, no traditional runway or designated seating was to be found. Instead, five giant white boxes were dispersed throughout the room, each with several “peep holes” cut out for spectators to peer into which provided for an usual, interactive experience. Inside the boxes housed the creative visions of amazing local designers. Looking into them was like entering a fantasy world of fashion complete with complex scenery and dramatic lighting to evoke a personal message.
Rather than more marketable garments, the models were dressed in incredible, bizarre, artistic and extravagant costumes and makeup and had to act out their role in the scene. From a horned, woodland goddess to a glam Amazon woman in 12-inch yellow lace heels, each box awakened a unique perspective. Could this creative approach to apparel design be the new trend in fashion shows?
Avoid the Grey definitely pushed fashion “outside (or inside, rather) the box” and was a must-see event of the year.
Sad you missed out? Don’t worry, with Minneapolis/St. Paul fashion week approaching, here’s a list of other jaw-dropping shows to attend:
If you don't know what this addicting site is, you are missing out. This site acts as a virtual pin board for pictures and links you come across as you are searching the web. It is a great resource for remember where you found those to die for heels, or to just be inspired.
Looking for a change from your boring, same-old hairstyle? Turn up the drama by bleaching the ends of your hair and then adding striking hues.This trend has started in 2011 and is extending into 2012 with stars like Kate Bosworth, Rihanna, and Carrie Underwood strutting down the red carpet with streaks, washes of pastels, bright dyes, and dip-dye looks.
As the winter months rage on, the tall boot style trend does as well. You can find these types of boots almost everywhere. Including but not limited to; Target, Zappos.com, DSW, and Amazon. These boots go with absolutely everything, not to mention the fact that they are just plain beautiful.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Here are 5 spectacular V-day outfits that are sure to spice up your date , or make you feel sweet at home while curled up with chocolate and watching the latest Nicholas Sparks movie.
Spice up your night with this sexy little get-up.
Victoria’s Secret – Embroidered Eyelet Babydoll
Snuggle with you dog and watch The Notebook.
Victoria’s Secret – Pillowtalk Tank Pajama
Stroll through the park with your valentine.
Forever 21 – Ponte Knit Bodycon Skirt
Hit the club with your girls for a night to remember.
Charlotte Russe – Ruffled Panel 2-Fer Dress
Give your valentine a sweet and elegant surprise.
Oscar de la Renta Sleepwear Print Georgette Chemise
[Caution readers: Coming up is a trend that could go horribly awry. Please handle with care and good fashion sense.]
This spring retailers are bring back the 70s and 90s and switching things up by putting denim on the top half of the body rather than your bottom [half]. Jean jackets and denim inspired cotton shirts and dresses are making their way back onto the shelves and racks and into our closets this season. But this TRAX writer is a little hesitant to get too excited because I dread seeing a jean jacket paired with jean pants. ICK. But if one can style it right, this trend can turn into a cute fashion twist. To demonstrate I created two outfits using this denim double take trend.
First outfit is a denim inspired cotton shirt dress that, while it’s still a little chilly out, can be paired with legging and boots and accessorized with a scarf or necklace or a cute pair of flats in the warmer months for a light, casual day look.
My next outfit has a little more of a twist. I took a denim mini dress and paired it with a bright floral skirt for a fun spring to summer look!
Remember, stay away from denim on denim, especially if they are the same shade. No one wants to look like a cowboy at junior prom in a denim tuxedo.